CATCH-UP TIME with the blog!
Saturday/Sunday 26th -27th July.
The weekend has an active program of events enabling us to meet fellow attendees, cast an eye over the gathered array of boats and catch up with the necessary jobs. Further boats and crew are also due to arrive over the weekend. The weather is forecast to remain warm and dry to suit the activities.
Hyrst of Eremue manouvering to a berth in the inner basin.
It got progressivly tighter on space and provided skippers on the larger boats with a challenge!
Didn't hear any bow thrusters in use either.
Saturday 26th July, racing in the morning with prize giving in the evening and a mussel supper.
Being single-handed I opted out of the morning race and set about some more sorting and stowage of items on the boat plus some minor maintenance. The afternoon was spent exploring locally on foot and a shopping trip to town in the afternoon, which turned out to be a bit of a hike back laden with goods (wish I had got that folding bike). That just left time to take advantage of the laundry facilities prior to the evening social activities. Unfortunately I am not one for shell fish so it was a case of a meal onboard then up to the marquee to join the activities. The Solent boats acquited themselves well in the race with two winning prizes.
View towards the town beyond the second marina basin. Good chandlery and restaurant at the marina.
I was given the figure of 55 boats present on the rally by Saturday afternoon.
Sunday 27th July, quayside and on-the-water events and an evening BBQ
With the fine weather holding the water-based activities drew plenty of attention, with the dinghy jousting providing great entertainment and the youngsters almost defeating the adults in the final. Once again the evening activities went off well, although minds had started focusing on the demanding day ahead and the less than favourable weather forecast. For many of us it would be the first time of dealing with the serious commercial traffic of the inland waterways.